Andy Creeggan had it all, but he wanted more. As a founding member of Barenaked Ladies, Creeggan saw the group rise from obscurity to the top of the charts, but it wasn't for him. "I wanted space for my music, my personality," he says. "I was always very interested in instrumental music and I wanted to study at the Faculty of Music at McGill University in Montreal and pursue theory and composition." Along with his brother Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies bass player), composer, percussionist and keyboardist Andy, was brought up in a musical household in which their mother taught piano and their father played by ear. The two brothers also perform and record as The Brothers Creeggan, releasing four albums thus far and getting together between Barenaked Ladies activities.
He’s currently working on a commission from Symphony New Brunswick for a 10-minute piece and producing several recording projects. He has a wife and two teenage boys and lives a sporty life in Moncton NB.
Andrew Creeggan is at home as much in front of a recording console as a symphony orchestra; to him it’s all the same thing: always a challenge and a way to grow with, create and share music. And that’s just what he had been up to these past years, then the pandemic suddenly provided a space for him to sharpen up his recording and engineering skills and finish some tracks.
Some of the tunes on Andiwork IV were created for theatre, accompanying actors meditating on romantic and spiritual love surrounded by rich red carpets and persian tapestries.
While this music gives off an acoustic yet steamy loungy vibe, there are a fair amount of subtle flavours from Creeggan’s vast palette of musical knowledge and instruments from everywhere! Stylistically some of the tunes reflect ‘eastern’ styles of music and instruments such as the hammered dulcimer and the udu. There is even a particular dreamlike ‘heart of darkness’ type setting of Erik Satie’s Gnossienne that recalls Indonesian gamelan music. Other tunes reflect Creeggan’s love of Brazilian samba rhythms, and the texture of the Pat Metheny Group combining latin percussion, jazzy melodies and lush keyboards. There is a tune that recalls Keith Jarrett’s style of solo piano improvisation and deep reflection.